The political / racial atmosphere is affecting children in schools

While I commend the making of this video, I don't recommend keeping the child in the school and trying to work through the problem this way.  It is best for the child to remove them.  If not for homeschool, to a different school.  I was badly bullied for 3rd and 4th grade, simply moving me stopped the bullying and I never had a problem again, even when I had to move back for 8th grade. It broke the cycle.

Working within the system does not work in emergency situations, and bullying is an emergency situation. Pull them out of the school.


~posted by Andrea from Nearing fifty and having moments

So you want to homeschool high school in Texas?

Answered a homeschool question posted on facebook, thought I would share my answer.

Q: In Texas, child is 15, wants to work toward Entrprenurship or trades.

A: Here is your bare minimum guidelines per the state of Texas: 
"The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship. "



I recommend covering what your local community college wants for admission in case she desires to do some formal instruction at some point. 

Online math like Khan Academy or ALEKs is a good place to start. Start reading for enjoyment... constantly. A couple books a week, at least. Write about those books. Get a chart on different styles of essay writing and choose vary essay styles while writing about the book or comparing the book to real life, or writing and contrasting an issue in the book.


I recommend covering what your local community college wants for admission in case she desires to do some formal instruction at some point. 


Online math like Khan Academy or ALEKs is a good place to start. Start reading for enjoyment... constantly. A couple books a week, at least. Write about those books. Get a chart on different styles of essay writing and choose vary essay styles while writing about the book or comparing the book to real life, or writing and contrasting an issue in the book.




Khan Academy also covers spelling... and some grammar, reading will take care of that, but some workbooks also might be good. Good citizenship... uh... don't be a crook, don't kill nobody (seriously though, there are probably texas workbooks for that, you might want to do one). Besides that, start finding opportunities for her to try out her interests, and to weave the subject matter into her curriculum. There is no reason to not start working toward her trade or business.

~posted by Andrea from Nearing fifty and having moments

I can't recommend Khan Academy Enough

I have been singing the praises of Khan Academy for many years. I am going to go ahead and say it again. This site is amazing.  The few problems I had with it before (videos too quiet) software/grading intuitiveness... these things are on point now.

I just used it to help a homeschooler who was math phobic and had not really gotten past Algebra (and some Algebra 2) in one semester, this student has now mastered Geometry and Trig.  It takes time and dedication but this site sets kids up for success... and adults too.

Use it whether your kid is homeschooled or not, daily use in the summer will also keep a student from losing ground when school is not in session.  Oh, and it covers all subjects now... maybe not in full depth, but it can be a good template to follow as you home educate your kids... for free.

Visit Khan Academy



~posted by Andrea from Nearing fifty and having moments

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